Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen within his temple. There were flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail.
Jesus is our High Priest and “a Minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle which the Lord erected, and not man” (Heb. 8:2). The earthly temple was a copy and shadow of the heavenly one, built according to the heavenly model Moses was shown on the mountain (Heb. 8:5).
That means our worship on earth should accurately reflect the heavenly pattern. In this regard, our approval does not depend on our creativity but on our compliance. God is impressed by our obedience rather than our innovation. Before we attempt to “improve” upon our faith, we must first grasp the original!
Beloved, in this day and age, like Nadab and Abihu, we are all in the grave danger of offering “strange fire” to God (Nu 3:4). Let us beware that we do not succumb to fake faith, false worship and phoney religion. Let us rediscover the authentic and original spirituality (John 4:24).
Note also that the Holy Place in heaven is now open. Beloved, we must not pray as if heaven is shut or inaccessible. Our Redeemer has opened the way. Let us draw near to the throne of grace with all boldness (Heb. 4:16).
Finally, let us rejoice that the ark of the covenant in heaven was also revealed. That is the pledge of God’s faithfulness to His covenant in saving His people and punishing their and His enemies. Our covenant-keeping God is with us. Hallelujah!